Good Morning, RVA: It keeps getting better

Ol’ Mother Nature has queued up a wonderful weekend for RVA.

Photo by: DaKodachrome Photography

Good morning, RVA! It’s 65 °F, and if you like days with reasonable temperatures, low humidity, and lots of sunshine then you will love today. In fact, you’ll probably love tomorrow and Sunday as well–wonderful weekend weather everywhere you look!

Water cooler

You know I have to link to this Michael Paul Williams piece in the RTD about the next steps for a Black-heritage site downtown. With all of the Baseball-in-the-Bottom talk finally finished (theoretically), now’s the time to figure out what we’re going to do down there and how to do it in an interesting, thoughtful, and respectful way. The best part: there’s already lots of money appropriated in the City budget to get us started.

Using drones to inspect power lines is a great idea from Dominion–especially when you consider the job is currently done with a helicopter. Like, a regular, person-sized helicopter, not a teensy robot one.

How much does it cost to store a dead body in Henrico for one day? WTVR has the answer, which I guess seems like a reasonable rate for such a service?

At least 12 people were shot, three fatally, in a movie theatre in Lafayette, Lousiana. This is the third mass shooting (1, 2) to make national news over the last month. This Mother Jones piece from October goes into some of the data behind the alarming frequency of American mass shootings.


  • Squirrels picked up a 4-3 win over Erie yesterday. That series continues tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • Kickers head to New York to take on the Red Bulls II on Saturday at 4:00 PM.
  • Nats fell to the Pirates, 3-7. They’ll suit up again tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • D.C. United hosts the Philadelphia Union this Sunday at 5:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

The New Skyline

Great piece in Style Weekly on the past, present, and future of Manchester. Make sure you read the last sentence!

If the Blackwell neighborhood was bulldozed with specific plans for Hope Six redevelopment and resettlement, old Manchester was bulldozed at the behest of a single Richmond businessman, J. Harwood Cochrane, now 102.

In 1970, the trucking company he founded in 1935, Overnite Transportation, built a nine-story corporate headquarters at 1000 Semmes Ave., which is now owned by UPS. It quickly became apparent that Cochrane had no fondness for the decaying residential neighborhood encircling his mostly walled corporate campus.

This morning’s Instagram

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